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Posted on: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 13:01

Monroe Crossing presents “A Bluegrass Christmas” today (Dec. 15) at 7 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Local family group Sloughgrass will be the opening act. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for students, and $25 for families, which are available in advance at Betty's in Fort Frances, as well as City Drug and Backus office in the Falls, and at the door.

The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in SIJHL action today (Dec. 15) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for kids aged 12 and under. The Lakers also will hold their annual food and toy drive in the arena lobby, with items to be donated to the United Native Friendship Centre's “Adopt-a-Family” program.

“Pictures with Santa” will be taken Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Christmas Store (Lowey's Greenhouse and Market Garden).

“The Best Butter Tart Bake-off” will be held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at Betty's. Each contestant must supply a baker's dozen of tarts, which can be dropped off there between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day. Betty's gift certificates will be awarded for first and second place. For more info, call Judy Kielczewski at 274-7120 or 271-1027.

The Muskie boys' hockey team will host the Sioux Lookout Warriors in NorWOSSA action on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at the '52 Canadians Arena and again Monday, Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at The Duke (Couchiching Arena). Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for students, with those under 12 being free.

The Muskie girls' hockey team will host the Sioux Lookout Warriors in NorWOSSA action on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4:15 p.m. and again Monday, Dec. 18 at 3:45 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for youths aged 13-18, and free for those 12 and under.

The Rainy Lake Orchestra will perform “Holiday Melodies" on Monday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Admission is free but donations to the Salvation Army's food bank are welcome. Refreshments provided by the "Friends of the Library.”

Fort Frances Girls' Hockey Radio Bingo will hold a “Monster Bingo” on Monday, Dec. 18 starting at 7 p.m. Buy 9-ups for $20, with $5,000 in total prizes up for grabs. Cards are available at various businesses in town and around the district.

The Fort Frances Lakers will host the English River Miners in SIJHL action on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for kids aged 12 and under.

“Biskaabiidaa maamawi,” an Anishnaabe engagement session by the Seven Generations Education Institute, will be offered Wednesday, Dec. 20 and again Thursday, Dec. 21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Ashlee Grimard at 274-3131 or visit beststart4kids.ca for more info.

The Muskie girls' hockey team will host the Warroad Warriors in exhibition action on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for youths aged 13-18, and free for those 12 and under..

A Christmas Eve service will be held Sunday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Morrison Crescent (located behind the Copper River Inn).

The “Medicine Cabinet Cleanout,” a project of the Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team, continues through Friday, Dec. 29. Bring your outdated prescription and non-prescription medications to any local pharmacy and receive a ballot to enter a draw to win one of two $100 gift baskets.

The annual “Polar Plunge,” organized by the Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances, once again will be held on New Year's Day on Sand Bay (behind La Place Rendez-Vous). For more info or to get pledge sheets, call Bill Michl at 276-1334.

The Valley Adult Learning Association will hold a course on conversational English (listening, speaking, and writing skills) for newcomers to Canada. It will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon from Jan. 9-Feb. 15 at 241 C on Second St. E. (old high school). To register, call 274-3553 or e-mail vala@jam21.net